Michael Barber, local TEDx organizer, tells us about the program’s Lifelong Learning theme and the guests featured on its January 12 program: Jock Brandis, AnnaMarie Romero-Lehrer, David Pell and Dr. David Weber.
I talked with members of the Wilmington Choral Society about their concert Sounds of the Season from Stage and Screen, 4:00 Sunday afternoon the 16th at the Scottish Rite Temple. Paula Brinkman, Musical Director and Conductor, and Dave Hardee, Outgoing President, were my guests. In January the group starts open rehearsals for their spring concert. No audition required! Just show up and sing!
Tom Smicklas is the new Director of the Brunswick Concert Band. Debbie Skillman directs the Brunswick Little Theatre Singers. The two groups are joining to perform Holiday Concerts together – Friday at 7:30pm at Hatch Auditorium on Caswell Beach, and Sunday at 3pm at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.
Phil Furia told us about his checkered past as a barker at an amusement park! Then we talked about The Great American Songbook Live – Holiday Edition! There will be two shows on Saturday, December 15 -- at 3pm and 8pm in Thalian Hall’s Rainbow Room. Phil will be there with his wife Laurie Patterson showing archival photos to illustrate Phil’s stories about the composers and their music, and there’ll be a great group of performers as well (including Jack Krupicka and Julie Rehder,
Thalian Association Community Theatre presents Meredith Willson’s musical stage version of the famous 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. Tom Briggs directs; Joe Gallison stars as Kris Kringle. The show opens tonight and runs for two weekends, Thursday-Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3, on Thalian Hall’s Mainstage.
Thalian Association Children’s Theatre (TACT) presents a stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. This version will be especially good for families with young children because it’s not as scary as the upcoming Peter Jackson film. The show runs this Friday and Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 3pm. It runs next weekend as well, ending December 16th, at the Hannah Block Historic USO at 2nd and Orange in downtown Wilmington.
My guests today were Don Huovenin (left) and Farrell Teague (right). Don and Farrell are members of the Cape Fear Model Railroad Society which has created a Holiday Train Expo in the former Gap Store next to Sears at Independence Mall. It features many exhibits of model trains (O Gauge, HO and G) some of which are interactive. You can start and stop the train! You can load coal! It’s a great family event, and it runs Fridays from 6 to 9 and Saturdays from 2 to 5 through December 22.
Today I spoke with Hank Toler from TheatreNOW. The company is putting on a 5-person adaptation of A Christmas Carol. It previews this Friday and Saturday with a 3-course meal; tickets $38. The show continues every Friday and Saturday through December 22 with a 4-course Victorian Christmas meal; tickets $48. The doors open at 5:30; the show begins at 6:30.